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10 questions for the Pesach Seder

Some food for thought for Pesach . . . here are my “10 PLAGUES, 10 COMMANDMENTS, 10 QUESTIONS FOR THE PESACH SEDER – 2010“.

With wishes for a Chag Kasher v’Sameach – a most joyous Pesach.

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Dubai: Failure or Success

Here’s my Shabbat sermon from March 13, 2010:

Someone sent me a gift and I am wondering whether I should use it, so I thought I would ask you: a tee-shirt that says I WORK FOR THE MOSSAD. Do you think this is something I should wear when I go to bed? The answer may depend upon whether you are a gentile or a missing tile! And the answer may tell us whether you are able to fulfill a central mitzvah of the Pesach festival.

Today is Shabbos Parshat Ha-chodesh, the special Sabbath meant to inform us that the month in which the festival of Pesach takes place is about to begin. Now is a time for all of us to start preparing for the holiday. And there are lots of things we’ve got to do to make sure that when the festival comes we are able to fulfill the mitzvot that are associated with it … and there are, in fact, so many mitzvot associated with it – more laws than those associated with any other holiday. One whole tractate of the Talmud – one of the largest, comprising more than 240 pages – is dedicated to a study of the laws of Pesach. You all know the routine: our homes have to be cleaned out, dishes and silverware changed over, all of our chometz disposed of. The time has come to start the shopping, the cooking, the scrubbing and scouring … all part of our preparations for Pesach. These are tough times for us men; tough having to watch our wives go through all this. I know one man who told me that it’s so painful for him watching his wife having to work this hard during the days before Pesach that he literally has to leave the house!

But there is one commandment for this holiday, one that is obligatory for men and for women, that you may not be aware of, but I tell it to you today because it is one that, for many, requires real preparation. And that is the commandment to be happy. READ MORE

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My papal contact

This is the man who made it possible for me to meet with Pope John Paul.  A few years later, he asked me to participate in a conference at the Vatican that was to discuss the role of the Pope during WWII.  I turned down the invitation.  I’m glad I did … the article shows why.
Wartime Pope Has a Huge Fan: A Jewish Knight, New York Times, March 7, 2010

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America’s support for Israel

This article from yesterday’s New York Times is a reminder of how important America’s support for Israel is. That’s why we’ve got to support AIPAC (see www.aipac.org/PC2010).

Hoping Sanctions Work but Readying Gas Masks

Hoping Sanctions Work but Readying Gas MasksHoping Sanctions Work but Readying Gas Masks

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Join me at the AIPAC Policy Conference

Join me in Washington, DC for three of the most important days affecting Israel’s future. Our goal is to have 100 people from Beth Tfiloh at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 21-23. For more information, go to http://www.aipac.org/PC2010 or call AIPAC Area Director, Tara Brown at 410-223-4190.

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What do YOU think?

Both of the articles below are thought provoking … what do you think?

Can a family court prevent a parent from taking his daughter to church?

Is The GOP The Pro-Israel Party?

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Maybe we really are indestructible

Two recent articles from the New York Times remind us that in some mystical way we really are “indestructible.”

God Said Multiply, and Did She Ever (New York Times, Feb. 18, 2010)

Changing Face in Poland: Skinhead Puts on Skullcap (New York Times, Feb. 27, 2010)

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